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New Picture Book from award-winning team Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen!

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse to Publish October 2017

Best-selling picture book creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will debut a stand-alone picture book in Spring 2017, The Walker Books Group announced today. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse will release in October, 2017. With multiple New York Times bestsellers between them and awards including a Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, a Kate Greenaway Medal, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, three E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, and many more, Barnett and Klassen have become one of the most dynamic duos in children’s literature.

In this unparalleled new comedy, a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf and quickly learns he is not alone. A duck has already set up a lovely little home, rife with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. This charming story offers the signature wit and whimsy that readers of all ages have come to expect from Barnett and Klassen. World rights to The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse were acquired by Liz Bicknell, Walker Book Group’s executive editorial director and associate publisher, from Steven Malk of Writers House. The book will be edited by Bicknell and designed by executive art director Ann Stott.

Of this new picture book, Bicknell says, “We all know about Jonah and the whale and the old woman who swallowed a fly, but here comes a fresh offering in the pantheon of ‘swallowed but doing just fine’ stories: a simple delectable feast, perfect for story time.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mac Barnett is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which received a Caldecott Honor, the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award, and an Irma S. and James H. Black Award and was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the author of Triangle, the first in the shapes trilogy, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which will debut in March 2017. He writes the Terrible Two series with Jory John and the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries, and is the author of President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and the Caldecott Honor-winning Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Mac Barnett lives in California.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Jon Klassen is the creator of the much-acclaimed hat trilogy, which includes the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, the Caldecott Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal winner This Is Not My Hat, and the best-selling conclusion We Found a Hat. He is also the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor books, Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, both written by Mac Barnett, as well as the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year House Held Up by Trees, written by Ted Kooser. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse: 40 pages, ages 4—8. ISBN: 9781406377798. On sale: October 2017.

ABOUT WALKER BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. Walker Books Australia is also passionate about the Australian Children’s book industry and is a haven for the most highly talented authors and illustrators, both emerging and award-winning. Walker Books Australia is proud to be the home of Black Dog Books, an award-winning imprint with a reputation for publishing some of Australia’s finest writers including Carole Wilkinson, Sue Lawson and Suzy Zail.

Last updated on 06/02/17 at 00:12:55
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